THE AGE OF NAPOLEON.

Author:Riggs, Mike
Position:PODCAST - Brief article
 
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When Napoleon Bonaparte led the Army of the Orient into Egypt in 1798, he expected the Egyptians to welcome him as a liberator. They had, after all, endured centuries of chaotic rule by the Mamluks, an undisciplined army of slave descendants who had seized political power during the Crusades. Napoleon, meanwhile, promised order, religious tolerance, and admission to France's enlightened empire.

But it was not to be. As The Age of Napoleon podcast explains in compelling detail, Bonaparte, much like modern imperialists, tried to impose his order at saber point. The residents of Cairo balked, and by 1801 the French had retreated from Egypt.

Bonaparte's rise to power is one of the great sagas of modern history, and The Age of Napoleon chronicles it with Tolkienesque detail. Each episode focuses on a...

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